SACRAMENTO — Gov. Pete Wilson signed three bills Wednesday that would generate about $213 million for Los Angeles County's fiscal crisis even though county supervisors have voted to reject almost half of the aid package.
The state package allows a $100-million no-interest loan to the county from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority that was approved last month after a tense showdown between Wilson and Assembly Democrats in the final hours of the legislative session.
County supervisors dismissed the loan last month, saying they do not want to accumulate additional debt. Instead, they demanded that the governor call a special session of the Legislature to resolve the matter.
Wilson and other legislators from both parties have declined a special session unless local officials reach a consensus on a bailout plan that requires state assistance. On Wednesday, the author of the loan bill, state Sen. Richard G. Polanco (D-Los Angeles) criticized the supervisors' rejection. "This is a simple choice," Polanco said. "How the county board can turn their backs on $100 million when they know it would save lives is beyond me. . . . Those are real dollars that would have saved jobs and saved lives."